25 My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever.
26 And may the grace of God the Father, whose throne is high in the heavens, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who sitteth on the right hand of his power, until all things shall become subject unto him, be, and abide with you forever. Amen.
It’s not hard to find reasons to be discouraged in daily life. Whether they be immediate challenges, potential future trials, or even global tragedies, we all face facts every day which have the potential, if we let them, to “weigh [us] down unto death.”
How do we avoid becoming discouraged? Mormon gives Moroni a simple formula: always remember Christ. Specifically, let the following truths “rest in your mind forever:”
- He suffered all things,
- He overcame every affliction He faced, including death,
- He stands ready to help you,
- Because of His sacrifice, you can receive eternal life.
By always remembering Him, we gain access to His grace, which lifts us up so that we can accomplish our righteous goals and live “after the manner of happiness” (2 Nephi 5:27)
Today, I will follow the advice President Thomas S. Monson gave to Carl B. Cook in an elevator: “It is better to look up” (“It Is Better to Look Up!” General Conference, October 2011). I will remember the Savior, and I will allow that memory to carry me through the challenges of the day with optimism and hope in my heart.